Paul Spadafora

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The Hero’s Journey

<b>The Hero’s Journey</b> is a pattern discovered in mythological stories by the American Scholar, Joseph Campbell. Campbell maintained that all …

Princess Leia

How to plot a novel… with medical school

It has been almost four years since my classmates and I swore the Hippocratic Oath and began the journey of medical school. Now many of them are …

Medicine

11 Tips To Write More In The New Year

This is the year. The year that you finally finish that draft of your novel, or start that blog, or maybe even just fill up that journal that your …

Creative Writing

Adding Depth to Your Fiction—Body Language 101

Image by Gopal 1035Today regular guest writer Alex Limberg is back with a post that will make any of your dialogue scenes sound so much smoother. His …

Writing

Top 10 Signs You're a Writer at Heart

We’ve all been there… the long sleepless night, the endless supply of coffee, and who could forget the wrist cramps?!<p>Whether it be for work or …

Six Writing Tips from Jonathan Franzen

by Monica M. ClarkA couple of weeks ago I attended an author talk with Jonathan Franzen at Sixth and I in D.C. A journalist named Marcia Valdes sat …

Creative Writing

Want to become a better writer? Follow these 7 steps, and look for new tools every day

Somewhere in a deep corner of my files, there is a single piece of paper with just a few words on it that changed my life as a writer and teacher.<p>It …

Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Hacking the Reader’s Brain (in 5 Steps)

Question: When you’re lost in a story — any story — what, exactly, is it that has you so mesmerized that the real world seems to have vanished?<p>You may be thinking, <i>Hey, it depends on what kind of story I’m lost in, the genre, whether it’s commercial or literary fiction – sheesh, there’s a long list</i> …

Creative Writing

Why Your Book Isn’t Selling

Original image courtesy of Juhan Sonin via Flickr Creative commons.The writer’s worst nightmare. You researched, you wrote, you finished, and then …

Writing

Finished Your First Novel? What Do You Do Now?

Shares 0<p><i>First novel finished? Celebrate!</i><p>by Anne R. Allen<p>You finished your first novel! Break out the bubbly. Order a cake. Buy some really good …

How I Became A Best-Selling Author With No Talent (Seriously)

I cannot remember a time when I have not been reading a book—usually two or three at a time—so it seemed only natural to dream of writing a book one …

Writing

6 Monsters Killing Your Writing Ability

When was the last time you sat down to write, and all you could generate was the flashing cursor on your screen? Has it ever happened to you? Recently, I was writing a post for my site and encountered a severe case of "what am I supposed to write next?" I identified these six monsters and took …

Editing novel drafts like a pro: 8 tips

Editing novel drafts requires a specific set of skills. It’s wise to use a professional editor if you are serious about getting published. Even so, …

Writing